Mike Quackenbush vs. Claudio Castagnoli from Negative Balance 2005

8.13.2005

Philadelphia, PA

This match is on the Best of 2005 DVD, which is available for purchase at Smart Mark Video.  For a more informed opinion on this match, check out Kevin Ford’s review.

Recap from TJ Hawke:

Quack was doing some especially wacky lucha spots early on. It was delightful. Quack went for a dive, but Claudio simply caught him and put him back in the ring. The commentators were getting over how these two have had an issue since Quack eliminated him from CZW’s Best of the Best in 2004 or 2005. I’m not sure which one. I should look it up. It was 2005. Claudio was in control after that and worked Quack over for a while. Out of nowhere, Quack came back with a massive palm strike that sent Claudio to the floor. He followed that up with a double jump senton to the floor. Back in the ring, Quack hit the Black Tornado Slam for a nearfall. Claudio hit a massive uppercut for a nearfall. Claudio hit the Pyramid Bomb for a nearfall. These two have had some beautiful exchanges that looked silky smooth and then there has been some downtime between spots that have been downright awkward. Quack went for a wonky DDT, but Claudio blocked. Quack then got a hurricanrana folding  pin: 1…2…3!

There were a couple of awkward moments, but overall this was super enjoyable. Quack and Claudio are pretty much perfect opponents for each other because Claudio is a great heavyweight base for every wacky lucha spot Quack could ever conceive of doing. Then they do all of those spots. It’s delightful.

Match Rating: ***1/2

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